FIM World Supercross Championship announces European broadcast deals
The FIM World Supercross Championship has announced broadcast agreements with BT Sport, DAZN, and Viaplay, to broadcast the championship in the UK, Ireland, and throughout Europe, beginning with the upcoming opening round of the year at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this weekend.
In the UK and Ireland, BT Sport will broadcast three hours of the WSX Championship live, while many European fans can catch all action on DAZN, which will be the home of the World Supercross Championship throughout most European nations. Viaplay will carry live WSX coverage across its Nordic and various other European territories. In all, over 50 networks globally, pushing through 150 nations will air WSX content.
40 of the world’s best supercross riders will line-up in WSX’s unique format across two divisions – WSX (450cc) and SX2 (250cc) – including four world champions: Australia’s Chad Reed, Germany’s Ken Roczen, America’s Eli Tomac, and former France’s Jordi Tixier. They’ll be joined by two wildcards per category trying to show what they’re made of against the world’s best.
The first round will be the British Grand Prix at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday 8 October. The 2022 pilot season then moves to Australia for the Australian Grand Prix, where the world champions will be crowned. Both nights will be shown live in the UK and Ireland on BT Sport. In 2023, the WSX Championship will expand across the globe to be held in the second half of the year.
For the first time, behind-the-scenes teams’ radio communications will be broadcast; there will be multiple live on-board cameras across multiple teams in both categories; extreme super slow-motion cameras along with detailed personality, lifestyle, and behind-the-scenes technical feature stories.
Ryan Sanderson, managing director commercial, SX Global – the commercial and organizational rights holder for WSX – said the broadcast platform will elevate the sport to levels not seen previously, commenting, “This is a great day for supercross fans around the world. Through our broadcast innovations, fans will be riding with the superstars of the sport like never before. Our team will be bringing fans a whole new way to watch supercross.
“The FIM World Supercross Championship provides more opportunities for brands to engage with fans through both our international broadcast platform – and in-stadium – as a result of the innovations that we will be bringing to the live stadium show and television screens around the world.”
Leading the broadcast team will be legendary American commentator, Ralph Sheheen who will be joined by 1997 world champion, Jeff Emig and with Emmy Award-nominated broadcaster, Kristen Beat as the trackside reporter.
Words: Press Release